Written by | Ray Cornelius

Friday night I had the pleasure of attending a preview mixer for the romantic, soulful holiday drama “Seasons of Love.” The made-for-television movie premieres tonight on LIFETIME and stars Taraji P. Henson, LeToya Luckett, and music legend Gladys Knight. The screening was held at Knight’s Signature Chicken and Waffles Restaurant in Atlanta and was hosted by the film’s director, Princess Monique.

Princess Monique standing in front of crowd

Princess Monique addressing the attendees

In “Seasons of Love,” Kyla (LeToya Luckett) and Amir’s (Cleo Anthony) new romance is thrown for a loop when Amir’s father (Richard Portnow) suddenly passes away and Kyla’s ex, Miles (Rob Riley), comes back into the picture. The two struggle to determine what truly matters to them in this story of life, love and family. Henson stars as Amir’s Aunt Jackie while Knight plays the loving matriarch Miss Angie. Rounding out the cast is hip-hop vet, Cliff “Method Man” Smith, who plays Big Rob.

Princess with Shanga Hankerson

Shanga Hankerson talking about his mother (Gladys Knight) starring in the film

During the event, Monique revealed that she shot “Seasons of Love” in 18 days and that it was executive produced by Henson. She also mentioned that it took her 10 years to get the film produced and hopes that’s its successful enough to become a television series. The former runway model turned film director/producer, thanked a number of her supporters who were present at the event including Knight’s son and wife, Shanga and Gloria “Glo” Hankerson, Nyrobi Moss, Lamont Ferrell, Donald Jarmond and Jeffrey Brathwaite, who stood in for his sister and one of the film’s writer’s, Sharon Brathwaite-Sanders.

Jeffrey Lamont Princess Glo Nyrobi Donald

l to r: Jeffrey Brathwaite, Lamont Ferrell, Princess Monique, Gloria “Glo”Hankerson, Nyrobi Moss, Donald Jarmond

A few Atlanta notables were also in attendance including V-103 personalities Joyce Little and Sytonnia, Atlanta Exes  star Christina Johnson, celebrity make-up artist Toni Acey, and actor Karon Riley.

Check out more photos below along with a BTS video of “Seasons of Love” below:

Princess and Christina Princess Monique photo

Princess Monique with Christina Johnson/Monique is a former model turned TV Film Director

Candace Lebetter

PR Maven Candace Ledbetter addressing the attendees

 Prayers going up

Princess Monique led everyone in a prayer and toast

Joyce Littel and Princess Monique

Princess Monique with V-103’s Joyce Littel

 Toni Acey and Christina Johnson

Atlanta Exes  star Christina Johnson with celebrity make-up artist Toni Acey

RC with Candace Ledbetter

RC with Candace Ledbetter

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 “Seasons of Love” airs TONIGHT on Lifetime at 9 p.m. EST.

(Please Tweet using the hashtag #SeasonsOfLove)

Photo Credits: Megan Alodie for RayCornelius.com